Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
243. The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner (Perry
A TRUMPETER, bravely leading on the soldiers, was captured by the enemy.
He cried out to his captors, 'Pray spare me, and do not take my life without
cause or without inquiry. I have not slain a single man of your troop.
I have no arms, and carry nothing but this one brass trumpet.' 'That is
the very reason for which you should be put to death,' they said; 'for,
while you do not fight yourself, your trumpet stirs all the others to
George Fyler Townsend's translation of the fables, first published in 1867, is
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Illustrations come from: Aesop's Fables, by George Fyler Townsend, with
illustrations by Harrison Weir, 1867, at Google